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Not One…TWO New Recipes For Ya!

by Courtney on August 3, 2010

Recipe #1

I got the itch again to do some baking today, and since I had some ungodly looking bananas to use up, I had a perfect window of opportunity. As you are probably aware, my baking has pretty much been consumed by cupcakes lately, so I wanted to switch things up. Normally, when I think of baking with bananas, it’s usually in a loaf or cupcake form. But oh no, not today. It was time for this girl to get some cookies in her life.

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After looking at a few different recipes, I decided that the cookies definitely needed two ingredients: oats & chocolate. :-P As for the rest of ‘em, I just played around with the ingredients, but was very happy with the way they came out!

The recipe is super easy, and relatively small; but better yet, it’s relatively low in fat, so you don’t have to feel guilty about making these scrumptious little gems.

Banana Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies

(Makes approximately 2 dozen cookies)

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup all purpose flour
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 2 tbsp butter, softened
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 2 medium, overripe bananas, mashed
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 cups oats
  • 1 cup chocolate chips

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

In a small bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Set aside.

In a large bowl, cream together the butter, sugars, and banana until combined. Beat in the egg and vanilla extract. Gradually add in the flour mixture until thoroughly mixed. Stir in the oats and chocolate chips. (Dough will not be very stiff.)

Drop dough by tablespoonfuls onto a baking sheet sprayed with non-stuck cooking spray. Bake for 11-14 minutes until set and lightly brown. Let the cookies cool for about 5 minutes on the pan, then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely. ENJOY! :-D

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I absolutely LOVE these cookies because they taste so very similar to banana bread, but feel like a cookie. The inside of the cookie is soft and moist, which goes perfectly with the slight crispiness of the edges.

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I bake all of my cookies on stone baking sheets, rather than regular, aluminum cookie sheets. I’ve always liked the way the stone seems to help the cookies keep their shape, and avoid the over-crispiness that can sometimes happen with cookie edges. I have a feeling if these cookies were baked on an aluminum baking sheet, the crispy edges would probably be even more apparent (and delicious!)

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I definitely enjoyed two of these directly out of the oven…and I anticipate a couple more in my future. ;)

Dinner, Recipe #2

Today while grocery shopping, I picked up a couple boxes of Annie’s macaroni & cheese that were on sale for $1.00 a box. Couldn’t pass that up!

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Rather than just having a plain jane box of mac & cheese, I decided to spice things up a bit.

First, I sautéed up a little garlic in some EVOO, then added in some fresh diced tomatoes.

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Then, I added in the cooked macaroni shells.

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Using the pot I used for cooking the pasta, I mixed together the cheese packet & milk, along with about 1/2 tbsp. of I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter Light.

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Add the pasta & tomato mixture, along with a little fresh basil, and stir until combined. (I let mine sit for a few minutes too, just to allow the cheese to thicken up a bit.)

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Then you’ve got yourself a delicious bowl of Cheesy Tomato-Basil Shells!

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Cheesy Tomato-Basil Shells

(original recipe can be found here)

  • 1 box Annie’s Original Shells & Cheddar
  • 2 ripe Roma tomatoes, seeded and diced
  • 2 large cloves garlic, finely minced
  • 1 tbsp. olive oil
  • ¼ cup skim milk
  • 1/2 tbsp. I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter Light
  • 2 tbsp. fresh basil, chopped
  • Salt and freshly ground pepper to taste

Directions:

  1. Boil pasta shells according to directions on box. Drain and set aside.
  2. Sauté garlic in oil over medium heat, stirring, until just beginning to color.
  3. Add tomatoes and cook a minute or two longer, stirring, until soft.
  4. Add cooked shells, mix together, and remove from heat.
  5. Whisk together contents of cheese packet, milk, & butter in original pasta saucepan until blended; add shells & tomato mixture and basil. ENJOY! :-P

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In case you missed it earlier, I also posted the recipe for the Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Cupcakes that many of you have been asking about! I hope you’ll all let me know if you make them! :-D

Question for the Night:

Do you have any favorite “add-ins” for macaroni & cheese or pasta dishes?

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1 eatmovelove August 3, 2010 at 7:30 pm

Oh my God – I seen your comment on Kelly’s blog and had to check it out – because of the Blog’s name of course ;)…AND HOLY CRAP am I ever glad I did!!! Those cookies….you are after my heart, seriously. Thank you, so making them!!

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2 Courtney August 3, 2010 at 11:45 pm

Oh yay! I’m glad you found me. :)

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3 Lizzy @ LBBakes August 3, 2010 at 7:34 pm

I love spicing up mac n cheese! I made one this past winter from scratch — provolone and smoked mozzarella cheese sauce, with diced roasted tomatoes and fresh basil.

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4 Courtney August 3, 2010 at 11:45 pm

Oh.My.God. Is that recipe on your blog? I need it!!

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5 Lizzy @ LBBakes August 4, 2010 at 10:54 am

It isn’t. :( I was a lazy blogger until a couple months ago. :) I’ll have to recreate it soon! I did find this though… this looks good… http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/giada-de-laurentiis/baked-penne-with-roasted-vegetables-recipe/index.html :)

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6 erica August 3, 2010 at 7:50 pm

ooh. i love your spiced up mac & cheese. i actually have several boxes in my pantry right now and was getting bored w/just edamame mixed in!

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7 Katie H. August 3, 2010 at 8:14 pm

Nice! I just finished eating Annie’s white cheddar shells- I added peas to mine. I’ve added artichokes in the past and it didn’t taste right. This looks like a great recipe! :)

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8 Shanna, like Banana August 3, 2010 at 8:17 pm

The cookies look scrumptious! You could even try PB chips in them…yuummmmmm

OMG..have you seen my Mexi pasta dishes? They throw everything but the kitchen sink in there and are delish! I like to add peppers, onions, tomatoes, tons-o-spice, and spinach as some main ones!

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9 Courtney August 3, 2010 at 11:44 pm

YUM! They sound fantastic girl!
And LOVE your idea on the PB chips – definitely trying them next time. :)

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10 Lindsay @ The Ketchup Diaries August 3, 2010 at 8:36 pm

Guess who is making these cookies this weekend??

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11 Courtney August 3, 2010 at 11:44 pm

Oooo Oooo, Lindsay is!!! :-D

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12 Chicago Cuisine Critique August 3, 2010 at 9:38 pm

Two Awesome Recipes!

1. The cookies look awesome! I definitely want to try them.

2. I LOVE mac & cheese, and when you make it your own – even better.

Great post. :)

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13 chicslim August 3, 2010 at 9:59 pm

Making the cookies right now! lol ;)

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14 Courtney August 3, 2010 at 11:43 pm

YAY!

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15 christina August 3, 2010 at 10:20 pm

i love the way you beefed up the mac n cheese. annie’s mac n cheese is good, but it definitely needs stuff added to it. love your add-ins!

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16 Autumn @ Good Eats Girl August 3, 2010 at 11:04 pm

Both of these look great!!! Way to go! I love adding things to meals to make them better!

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17 Holly at Greek Yogurt and Apple Slices August 4, 2010 at 8:47 am

I love the addition of basil to the mac & cheese. I did something similar with the white cheddar Annie’s – using broccoli & a few other veggies- but the basil sounds tasty :)
And I seriously cannot wait for his party to get here (aug. 14th) so that I can bake away!! :D He is going to be beyond excited with all of these delicious cupcake recipes!!
Umm have I told you lately how much you ROCK!!!!

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18 Courtney August 4, 2010 at 10:37 am

Awww, girl, you are just fantastic! I can’t wait to see how your cupcakes come out…FYI – I had a good amount of cookie dough left and it is Dangerous with a capital D! You’ve been forewarned. ;)

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19 LiveForTheRun August 4, 2010 at 10:54 am

Those cookies officially made me drool all over my laptop.

Second, I had no idea the magic that was hiding in a simple mac n cheese box. Brilliant!

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20 lisaou11 August 4, 2010 at 12:20 pm

you are a backing machine!

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21 Hillary [Nutrition Nut on the Run] August 4, 2010 at 5:06 pm

I think I’m going to make these today =]

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22 Teri [a foodie stays fit] August 5, 2010 at 8:29 am

I love chili in my mac & cheese with lots of extra chili powder. I haven’t made that in years though!

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23 fitnstitchin August 9, 2010 at 6:52 pm

Wow, I will be making those cookies tomorrow! Thanks!

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24 Tara November 9, 2010 at 4:30 pm

I’ve been looking for a good recipe to use up the bananas I have in my freezer. Those cookies look delicious!

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25 Lauren November 13, 2011 at 8:15 pm

I just made theseeee. I used 1 1/2 cups of Splenda Brown sugar, smart balance, and egg beaters. Incase anyone is wondering if they turn out okay…

They turned out AMAZING.
I already ate five. Oof.

Sooooo good, though!
Thank youuu!
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26 Angie @ Losing It and Loving It April 22, 2012 at 10:17 pm

OK these cookies sound awesome! Now I don’t cook a lot so this may be a silly question but we don’t have chocolate chips, could I swap out cocoa for that and if so how much?

I’m also looking for good banana bread recipes. I have enough bananas to do these cookies and some bread I think. Excited just thinking about it!
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27 Courtney April 23, 2012 at 10:33 am

I’m not sure how cocoa would work as a substitute for chips…you could do any sort of chips, nuts, and/or dried fruit though!

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28 Karen April 25, 2012 at 10:12 pm

OH WOW!! those cookies are delish!! I bookedmarked em and finally made them tonight and maybe already ate 1 and a half haa while they are cooling.

I told my hubby I would send them to work with him and he grinned and said they “might not make it there!”… SO I emailed all his buddies and told them to expect them! haaa

Sooo delish

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29 Barbara April 28, 2012 at 5:45 pm

LOve your blog, just found it recently. Made these today with whole wheat flour and dark chocolate chips, they are awesome…in case anyone else is on weight watcher, they are 3 points a cookie if you make 24 in the batch. Not too bad and pretty healthy.

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30 Courtney April 28, 2012 at 11:47 pm

Hey Barbara! So glad you liked ‘em…and to have you reading! :)

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31 Kyra (Scribbles & Sprinkles) January 16, 2013 at 3:13 pm

YUM! Those cookies look amazing! I love cookies with bananas :D
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